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CDC Monitors Potential Monkeypox Exposure In U.S.

As Covid-19 continues to rage through the globe, another virus seems to have come up to enjoy some screen time. Public health officials are grappling with the disease today. And, the Delta variant seems to be making all the noise. The CDC or the Center for Disease Control is looking at another grave situation.

CDC Monitors Potential Monkeypox Exposure In U.S.

It is that of the Monkeypox. More than 200 people in the U.S. from amongst 27 states are under observation. It is due to an interaction with an American who had probably contracted the virus from Nigeria. So, fare none of the people in the study are considered high-risk. None have contracted the virus yet. 

CDC Monitors Potential Monkeypox Exposure In U.S.

More On The Monkeypox Virus Migration

The individual responsible, flew from Laos, Nigeria to Atlanta on July 8. From there, he flew to Dallas, two days later. After five to six days, the patient was diagnosed with Monkeypox and was hospitalized in Dallas.

The State Health officials and the CDC together are monitoring people who came into close contact with the person being talked about. Air hostesses and family members are also being checked.

It may be noted that the risk of the monkeypox virus spreading in the plane or at the airport, may not hold true. This is due to the masks people wear there. Moreover, monkeypox spreads through respiratory droplets. 

Monkeypox generally resembles the smallpox virus. It was initially discovered in 1958. The first outbreaks occurred in colonies for monkeys. The disease seems to be mild, and less contagious than smallpox. However, 10 percent chances of fatality remain. However, the CDC further adds, that the fatality rate may increase in people with weak immunity. 

More On Symptoms And Course Of Action

The various symptoms include headache, muscle aches, fever, backache, swollen lymph nodes, and particular pox-like rashes.  These rashes develop across the body, including the palms and the soles of the feet.

The virus was first detected in humans in Congo Basin. It typically occurs in remote parts of the world, like Central and West Africa. The last data shows, detection of the virus in the U.S. in 2003. A few people from Illinois, Kansas, and Ohio were positive amongst others. 

Statistics say, that monkeypox is rarely reported in humans. The first instance of human infection came to the fore when a consignment of Praire dogs came in from Ghana. In recent years, there have been several such instances in Nigeria. Moreover, it has led to an infection in people, in Singapore, Israel, and the U.K.

The virus spreads through respiratory droplets, body fluids, and upholstery. The time gap between symptoms and infection ranges from 3-17 days. CDC is doing all that is possible, by educating the masses about this virus. CDC has also set up a call center for monitoring and reports of the virus. The CDC has stated, that the public should inform the call center, as soon as any of the above symptoms are visible. 

The illness lasts for 2-3 weeks. The virus spreads to humans from the infected body fluids of animals. Or, it can be a result of a bite. The disease then has the ability to transfer from person to person. The virus mainly gets transferred through respiratory droplets. Currently, there is no cure for Monkeypox. However, the vaccine for smallpox can reduce the severity of this disease. The CDC says that the vaccine for smallpox can be used as a therapeutic measure for the virus. 

Gambian rats and other rodents do carry infectious viruses of this sort. This is particularly the case with many of the backward African countries. However, it remains to be seen, how the U.S. authorities will battle it out today. 

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